Federal Court Litigation

Litigation in federal court requires special skills and experience. The temperament and pace of litigation in federal court is generally different from that in state court. By this nature, federal cases involve significant financial stakes or complex federal law issues. At Shumaker, our federal court litigators have both the substantive knowledge and technical skill required for success in federal litigation.

Our federal court litigators regularly appear before the U.S. District Courts of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio. Several are former law clerks to district court judges. Many of our federal court litigators also interact with the federal judges at seminar presentations and on local bar committees. These experiences enable us to achieve results for our clients.

Many times, our federal litigators have pursued significant federal issues and established new law in both the district courts and the Circuit Courts of Appeal. Our federal litigators have frequently participated in high-stakes business disputes and cases resulting in published opinions in litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Bankruptcy Code, the Lanham Act and the Copyright Act.

In addition to these areas, our litigators also have experience with claims involving the following federal laws:

  • The Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
  • The Sherman Act, Clayton Act and Robinson-Patman Act
  • The 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts
  • Constitutional claims arising under the Bill of Rights including the 1st Amendment
  • The Federal Rehabilitation Act
  • The Family Medical Leave Act
  • Motor and rail carrier claims arising under federal statutes and regulations
  • The Social Security Act
  • Civil Rights Acts

Our experience and breadth of knowledge allows us to sit down with our clients facing the prospect of federal litigation, evaluate the issues, map out and execute a strategy, and achieve results that are significant and beneficial for our clients in an economical and efficient manner.


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